In 2011, Prince William met Sophia Kichou, who was living in a Centrepoint hostel for homeless youth. Sophia told William she wanted to be a journalist. The prince told her that if she continued to pursue her dreams, then he would give her an interview. Four years later, Sophia is a journalism student, so William kept his promise and sat down with her for an interview!
Kensington Palace posted the above picture of them on Instagram with this caption:
The Duke of Cambridge has kept his promise to a homeless young person and has been interviewed by her for the Big Issue magazine.
Sophia Kichou became homeless at 18. She met The Duke, Patron of Centrepoint, while staying in one of Centrepoint’s hostels and told him her dreams of becoming a journalist. He agreed that one day she could interview him.
Now 24, Sophia is studying journalism and the Duke recently met her to talk about what needs to be done to tackle youth homelessness and why the charity Centrepoint is close to his heart.
You can read the full interview in The Big Issue from Monday 7 December.
Photo credit: The Big Issue
Oh my goodness: how amazing is that?! The Palace even tweeted out the interview once it hit newsstands:
The only place to read the exclusive, one-on-one interview with Prince William? In this week’s Big Issue – out now. pic.twitter.com/kL3yg8C1kh
— The Big Issue (@BigIssue) December 7, 2015
Sophia explained how it all came about:
I was living at a Centrepoint hostel when I met Prince William, and I told him my dream of becoming a journalist. He told me that if I continued to pursue my dreams, then one day he would give me an interview.
“Centrepoint made this all happen and have supported my dream since I came into contact with them – they have been a big part of this journey.”
It turns out they were both a bit nervous about the sit-down.
At the beginning, I told him I was a little nervous and I asked him, ‘Are you nervous?’ and he said, ‘Yes I am!’ and we laughed over it. We had seen each other two weeks before at the awards ceremony and he made me promise not to ask him hard questions!”
Yet they didn’t shy away from tough issues: both of them spoke about losing their mothers at an early age, so this doesn’t sound like it was a puff piece. Part of the proceeds from The Big Issue benefit charities like Centrepoint, so this was a win-win all around!
Photo Courtesy of Instagram